• Community Chest Silver Award

    The Award logo is a tribute and endorsement of TCTF’s support to Community Chest and an indication of strong advocacy towards community giving and social responsibility.

  • More Than Words 2016

    TCTF initiative More Than Words reached more than 2,500 beneficiaries over 4 years.

  • Relaunch of Project Wish

    In celebration of TCTF’s 40th anniversary, we have relaunched Project Wish. In partnership with our supported charity, Care Community Services Society, we granted the needs and wishes of elderly living in rental flats.

  • Forbes 2016 list of Philanthropy Heroes

    TCTF Chairman Dr Tan Kheng Lian was one of two Singaporeans to be featured on Forbes 2016 list of Philanthropy Heroes.

  • Charity Media Roundtable

    TCTF held its inaugural Charity Media Roundtable for ASEAN NGOs to improve outreach strategies.

  • TCTF-SCO Caring Series 2016

    TCTF supported the SCO Caring Series concerts at 7 community hospitals and charities. The initiative aims to bring warmth and joy to the patients, families and caregivers through music.

  • Donation of TCT Private Papers

    Over 3,000 documents from Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan’s Private Papers was donated to ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute from the Tan family and the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation for digitisation, research and public access.

  • Celebrating 40 Years

    Founded in 1976, TCTF celebrates its 40th year of giving since its inception.

  • TCT Caring Series 2015

    To encourage a more caring and gracious society, particularly towards the elderly who are socially isolated, TCTF organised a charity Cantonese opera matinee for 1,000 guests through its inaugural TCT Caring Series programme.

  • Launch of “The Project Cheer Handbook”

    The Project Cheer Handbook was launched to guide volunteers on how to plan, budget for and execute their community projects more effectively.

  • NUS-TCTC Professor

    Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor of Biochemistry, Professor Barry Halliwell was credited with raising research excellence standards at the National University of Singapore. As of June 2015, Professor Halliwell is the new Senior Advisor to the NUS President.

  • Friend of the Arts Award, 2015

    National Arts Council

  • President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards 2014

    TCTF Council Member, Mr Chew Kwee San, was part of the panel of judges at the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (PVPA).

  • Advancing “More Than Words” Programme

    Advancing its “More Than Words” programme, TCTF involved over 1,000 children, volunteers and trainers in about 140 training hours that culminated in a “More Than Words 2014 – Cherish Your Dreams” performance and a book launch “Singapore 2114: My Dream, Our Future” to encourage its beneficiaries to read, write and speak better.

  • Community Service Award for Family Philanthropy

    Singapore Tatler

  • Friend of the Arts Award, 2014

    National Arts Council

  • TCTF e-Newsletter

    TCTF first e-Newsletter, “Our Philosophy of Giving”, was launched.

  • Friend of the Arts Award, 2013

    National Arts Council

  • “More Than Words” launched


    “More Than Words” launched to champion learning through creativity. In eight months, 600 beneficiaries participated.

  • With Love, We See

    “With Love, We See”: TCTF celebrated Valentine’s Day with visually impaired couples from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) on 14 February with a walk in the park and lunch with their loved ones.

  • Changing Lanes, Changing Lives

    TCTF’s CEO Ms Yap Su-Yin is featured in a book “Changing Lanes, Changing Lives” by the Centre for Non-Profit Leadership.

  • Friend of the Arts Award, 2012

    National Arts Council

  • Corporate Gold Award, 2012

    Community Chest – For supporting single-parent, caregiver and mental health causes

  • TCTF seeded the Community Justice Centre

    TCTF seeded the Community Justice Centre, a one-stop centre to provide unrepresented litigants with help in legal procedures and social services. Partners include the Ministry of Law, Ministry of Social and Family Development, the State Courts, the Law Society and TCTF.

  • Charity Governance Award

    Charity Council launched the inaugural Charities Governance Award. TCTF’s CEO, Ms Yap Su-Yin, was nominated a member of the judging panel.

  • Global Economic Outlook: Preventing the Next Crisis

    TCTF sponsored Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Paul Krugman’s Public Lecture on “Global Economic Outlook: Preventing the Next Crisis” at Singapore Management University, Singapore. The 7 November lecture was simultaneously web-casted to 900 students in tertiary institutions across Singapore.

  • Inaugural YNC TCT Visiting Professor

    Inaugural Yale-NUS College Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor Valerie Hansen visited Tan Chin Tuan Mansion with Prof Danny Quah (TCT Visiting Prof at NUS) to speak to the group’s business and philanthropic contacts during a dinner-talk on China.

  • Associate of the Arts Award, 2011

    National Arts Council

  • Corporate Gold Award, 2011

    Community Chest – For supporting single-parent, caregiver and mental health causes

  • Oxford-Bodleian Libraries

    TCTF supported the Oxford-Bodleian Libraries to catalogue its collection of pre-modern Chinese materials and avail them to the public through digitization and exhibitions, and to promote access to Chinese materials in libraries in the United Kingdom, as well as researchers from Singapore’s local varsities.

  • Benefactor of Yale-NUS College

    TCTF is founding benefactor of the Yale-NUS College. Its endowed gift of $5 million – matched dollar-for-dollar by the Singapore government – enabled Singapore first liberal arts college to create a “Tan Chin Tuan Professorship in China and Chinese Studies”, as well as a new “Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme” to promote the learning of Chinese culture and China.

  • Corporate Silver Award, 2010

    Community Chest – For supporting single-parent, low-income families, caregiver and mental health causes

  • Project Solid Gold

    “Project Solid Gold” conceived by TCTF Programme Director, was lauded in the media for its bespoke services that add value to existing services offered at charities serving the elderly.

  • Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite

    TCTF’s Deputy Chairman, Ms Chew Gek Khim, was conferred the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (i.e. Knight of the National Order of Merit of France), awarded by then French Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Olivier Caron, for her contribution to the community and culture.

  • TCTF Internship Programme

    TCTF kicked off its internship programme with seven internships awarded in 2010.

  • Tan Chin Tuan SSI Awards

    The first Tan Chin Tuan Social Service Institute (SSI) Awards were initiated to help NCSS raise the educational standards among social service practitioners, and capacity build for the non-profit sector.

  • Corporate Gold Award, 2009

    Community Chest – For supporting single-parent, low-income families, caregiver and mental health causes

  • Grand opening of 60-bed Stella Maris General Hospital

    Grand opening of the 60-bed Stella Maris General Hospital in Nias, Indonesia. Project-led by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, the reconstruction followed after the 2004 tsunami. It drew on Singapore-Indonesia partners, including the Singapore Red Cross Society, World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy and Perdhaki.

  • My 24 Hours: My Singapore, My Home

    3,000 entries submitted by TCTF’s beneficiaries vied for top spot at an original photography contest by TCTF called “My 24 Hours: My Singapore, My Home”. Using disposable cameras sponsored by the foundation, young and old folks captured on film how they spent Singapore’s National Day on 9 August. The contest, held in celebration of our nation’s 44th birthday, was featured by The Straits Times.

  • Renewable Energy from Used Water

    The first Tan Chin Tuan (TCT) Centennial Professorship lecture is held at NTU. Prof Ng Wun Jern, inaugural TCT Centennial Professor & Executive Director of Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute at NTU, presented on the topic of “Renewable Energy from Used Water” at the Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre at NTU to over 250 attendees.

  • President’s Award for the Environment

    Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources

  • URA Architectural Award

    Urban Redevelopment Authority

  • Patron of Heritage

    National Heritage Board

  • Leadership Award for Philanthropy

    Singapore Tatler

  • Patron of the Arts, 2008

    Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.

  • Bronze Vanda Award

    Singapore Scout Association

  • Corporate Gold Award, 2008

    Community Chest – For supporting single-parent, low-income families, caregiver and mental health causes

  • Project WISH 100

    In memory of its founder who would have been a hundred years old in 2008, TCTF fulfilled the wishes of 19 centenarians residing in seven TCTF-supported charities. “Project WISH 100” celebrated the momentous milestone with beneficiaries who crossed the 100-year mark by granting their birthday wishes through joyous festivities throughout the year. The special moments with Singapore’s oldest residents were featured by Channel NewsAsia.

  • $1 million pledged to Community Chest

    One million was pledged to the Community Chest of Singapore to support vulnerable pockets of our community, in particular single-parent families. As part of TCTF’s plan to “enable the enablers”, it directed funds to beef up support for charities helping caregivers and people struggling with mental issues.

  • 1st Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Concert

    The first Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Concert series was performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) for over 500 senior citizens, caregivers, staff and volunteers from charities supported by the foundation. Held annually, it emphasized the foundation’s style of bringing together different groups from various clusters to partner for a good cause.

  • $20 million endowment fund to NTU

    A $20 million Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Fund was endowed to Nanyang Technological University on 19 August. The endowment fund supported bi-annual forum cum reunion in China for NTU’s “Mayors’ Class” alumni, a professorship in Engineering, and annual Exchange Fellowships in Engineering. The foundation’s largesse bolstered NTU’s strategy with regard to China, and strengthened expertise in NTU by attracting top researchers within the field of engineering to the varsity.

  • Tan Chin Tuan Birth Centennial Year

    To mark the Birth Centennial Year of its founder, Tan Sri (Dr) Tan Chin Tuan

  • Benefactor of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

    TCTF started its inaugural Creative Education awards with NAFA to support the school’s talented, but financially needy students.

  • Corporate Gold Award, 2007

    Community Chest – For supporting single-parent causes

  • YMCA-TCT Community Services Programmes

    A $990,000 donation from TCTF enabled the YMCA of Singapore to initiate the “YMCA-TCT Community Services Programmes” to service underprivileged groups in Singapore.

  • SMART Partnership

    Soka Gakkai (Johor Bahru) received seed funding to launch the award-winning “SMART Partnership”. Close to 1,700 students from needy families affected by the floods secured food and schooling materials, enabling them to return to school. Over seven years, SMART Partnership helped more than 30,000 needy students.

  • Saving Kampung Peta

    The foundation sponsored Malaysian Red Crescent Society “Saving Kampung Peta” project to help an Orang Asli (aboriginal) community affected by the flood in Johor.

    Media coverage from The Straits Times: Helping hands for a flood-hit community

  • TCTF support relief efforts in Johor Bahru

    TCTF responded to the major flood disaster in Johor Bahru (Malaysia) by donating close to half a million ringgit to support relief efforts.

  • Corporate Gold Award, 2006

    Community Chest – For supporting single-parent causes

  • TCTF: 1st private family foundation

    As part of its strategic revamp, TCTF became the first private family foundation in Singapore to appoint a full-time non-family member as CEO, as well as a programme director to conceive new community initiatives.

  • A landmark gift of $29 million to NUS

    A landmark gift of $29 million to NUS. It was the single highest amount NUS received at that time. The gift enabled four Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professorships to be set up. Also launched was a series of collaborative programmes with Universiti Malaya (UM), including the Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professorship in Malay Studies and the UM-NUS Joint Studio Programme.